Situated in the Indian Ocean only 25 miles off the west coast of Africa is the “The Spice Island”, so named due to its export of cloves and a wide variety of the most commonly known spices. Zanzibar and its islands are bathed in the heady scents and romanticism of a bygone era.
Gentle, soft-spoken islanders host you with warmth and grace. Zanzibar has a very colorful and exciting history. In the port of Zanzibar dozens of dhows carry on the tradition of spice and precious wood trade in the Indian Ocean. And exotic and romantic images come to life on this island of palm-fringed beaches and turquoise lagoons. Zanzibar has been luring travelers to its shores for many centuries. It was the ancient trading port of the sultans of Oman in the 19th century.
It was from this island that the great European explorers Burton, Speke, Livingstone and Grant set off on their voyages of discovery in the uncharted mainland. Today the island is steadily developing and offers a unique combination of history, culture, friendly people and beautiful unspoiled beaches. Zanzibar Island boasts miles of golden beaches. Inland, the island is a garden of Eden offering the most exquisite tropical species. Many visitors to Zanzibar choose to combine a couple of days in town with a few days at one of the beaches.